Performance group The Front Lawn (Don McGlashan, Harry Sinclair, and later arrival Jennifer Ward-Lealand) stretched all of their prolific talents for their final, 24 minute short film. After he whistles a certain tune, Ben (McGlashan) finds that his partner Linda (Ward-Lealand) no longer seems to be conscious. Then things get stranger: Linda catches up with an old lover (Sinclair) and faces a life-changing dilemma, while her body — awol with a tennis player on Tamaki Drive — has other plans. The surreal romance was made for TVNZ. It won Best Short at the 1990 NZ Screen Awards.
I’ve come to talk to you because I need some advice. You see the thing is that Linda...well she's left her body!– Ben (Don McGlashan) to Linda's Grandmother (Yvonne Lawley)
The Front Lawn
Made with funding from NZ On Air
Closing track ‘Haere Mai’, written by Sam Freedman, performed by Bill Wolfgramme & His Hawaiians, vocals by Daphne Walker